Homeowners in Buford, GA don’t want to live in homes with subpar indoor air quality (IAQ). And yet, many may unwittingly have bad habits that worsen the air quality in their homes. Here are three bad IAQ habits you should be aware of and strive to end.

1. Not Using IAQ Devices

Some might think that because HVAC systems come with their own air filters, IAQ products become unnecessary. While HVAC filters can certainly be helpful—especially if you are careful to replace them every three months or less—they should not bear the burden of keeping the air in your home clean on their own.

Air purifiers with HEPA filters can be extremely beneficial. Our technicians can install these inside your air ducts and clear the air of viruses, bacteria, harmful gasses, smoke and allergens.

2. Putting off HVAC Maintenance

You shouldn’t ignore the need for periodic maintenance on your HVAC system because doing so can shorten your system’s service life and raise your energy bills. While these consequences are serious, they are far from the only reasons to not forget about HVAC maintenance. Forgetting to arrange for such work can diminish your IAQ and adversely affect your health and quality of life.

3. Using Products With VOCs

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are toxic chemicals you’ll find in many household items. Some VOCs are directly carcinogenic. They can also cause things like dizziness, headaches, seizures, vomiting, nosebleeds and skin and eye irritation.

VOCs exist in many cleaning agents, personal care products and aerosol sprays. Sometimes, using these things may be unavoidable, but you should wear protective equipment when handling them. Always use them in an area with adequate ventilation and dispose of them in a way that prevents their fumes from lingering in your home.

A few simple actions can vastly improve IAQ in Buford, GA. For further help, call Pruitt Heating & Air, Inc. and request professional-grade IAQ services.

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